Rest Breaks

Rest breaks and meal breaks are a common source for litigation. Mainly, when must an employer give a break, and how long must the break last? As a general rule of thumb, an employee usually is entitled to a 10 minute rest break for every four hours worked. Also, if a shift is to last at least five hours, then an employee is entitled to an uninterrupted, thirty minute meal break from the start of work. The employee is to be relieved of all work responsibilities in this time period. An employer generally is required to not interfere with taking the break.

Nevertheless, the question of when these statutes might be violated is a complex analysis and should never be done without the guidance of a qualified attorney